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The Ecstatic: A Novel
The Ecstatic: A Novel
by Victor La Valle
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars but some fat people are clearly stupid., Oct. 11 2003
This review is from: The Ecstatic: A Novel (Hardcover)
What exactly do people expect from literature? To be portrayed in a "positive" light. To be made to look good to the rest of the world? How terribly insecure. While there have probably been "nicer" fat main characters than Anthony from this novel, there have rarely been more complex ones. See, people sometimes treat novels like they're supposed to be cheerleaders. One of the points that was made in a bunch of articles about Victor LaValle is that he used to be over three hundred pounds. So if he doesn't know what it's like to be a fatso, who does? Just because he makes it seem funny sometimes doesn't mean that he's being insulting. While I've never met Oprah (what on earth does that have to do with anything?) I can say that I've read a great novel about a complicated, wise and powerfully developed character. I notice that this person below, who was so offended by the portrayal of fat people, didn't really pipe up about the portrayal of the mentally ill. Perhaps he or she hasn't ever struggled with that problem and therefore feels free to laugh at them, but heaven forbid we laugh at her. (And I'll out myself, I'm a former student of Victor's--class of 99!-and want to defend a great book from simple minds.) Congratulations Professor LaValle

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